Albion and Tri-LakesTransmission Improvements Project

Indiana Michigan Power representatives plan power grid upgrades to improve electric reliability for customers in Noble and Whitley counties.

The Albion and Tri-Lakes Improvements Project involves:

  • Rebuilding about 10 miles of 138-kilovolt (kV) transmission line between Kendallville and Albion.
  • Rebuilding about 5 miles of 138-kV transmission line between Albion and Wolf Lake.
  • Rebuilding approximately 9 miles of 138-kV transmission line between Tri-Lakes and Larwill.
  • Replacing substation equipment at the Albion and Kendallville substations.

The existing transmission lines include wooden poles and H-frame structures that date back to the 1950s. The power lines are deteriorating and have experienced more than 35 service interruptions since 2015. Rebuilding the power lines with modern steel poles and H-frame structures strengthens the line against weather impacts, reduces frequent maintenance and improves performance.

Crews plan to rebuild most of the power line in or near the existing right-of-way, which may require acquiring new or updating existing property easements. Easements are defined land rights that property owners grant the utility to allow for the safe construction, operation and maintenance of the power line.

Company officials expect construction to begin early 2025 and conclude by late 2025.

Project Updates

May 2023:

  • I&M announces the Albion and Tri-Lakes Transmission Improvements Project.
  • OR Colan (ORC) serves as I&M's right-of-way representative on this project. Landowners can expect to hear from a right-of-way agent to discuss field activities, construction and restoration.


Project Timeline



The project involves installing steel poles and H-frame structures.

Typical Pole Height: Approximately 100 feet*
Typical Right-of-Way Width: Approximately 100 feet*

*Exact structure types, height and right-of-way requirements may vary


Project Fact Sheet Project Map Access Roads Field Activities

Indiana Michigan Power serves 575,000 customers in Indiana and Michigan.

Kia Clay

Project Outreach Specialist

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